May 22, 2020

May 22, 2020, a filmed docudrama, directed by Arena Stage Artistic Director Molly Smith, captures one day in the life of our region. Ten D.C.-Maryland-Virginia subjects ranging in age from 18 – 89, and from a variety of backgrounds including a climate change activist to a grandmother living alone, were interviewed by 10 area playwrights on May 22, 2020. From these rich conversations, writers composed original monologues, a window into radically changed lives during the COVID-19 pandemic which will be filmed with Washington actors.

“The concept of May 22, 2020 is to capture a moment in time that will never occur again," says Artistic Director Molly Smith. “We are being hyper local here as the interviewees, writers, directors, actors and video makers are all from the Washington, D.C. metro area.  Our purpose as a regional theater reflecting our city is a powerful motivator. This part of America is unlike any other part of America and we want to capture it. Docudramas are immediate and full of individual stories.  Newspapers do a brilliant job of this type of storytelling and this is our opportunity to catch the zeitgeist of the moment through filming ten monologues that range from an emergency room nurse to a beekeeper to a DC Detective.”

May 22, 2020 is part of Arena Stage's Looking Forward season, which is generously sponsored by GMR logo

The run time for May 22, 2020 is 55 minutes. To view this film in full screen, please click the lower right hand square icon.


Randy Baker

Audrey Cefaly

Annalisa Dias

Caleen Sinnette Jennings

Aaron Posner

Psalmayene 24

John Strand

Gregory Keng Strasser

Mary Hall Surface

Karen Zacarías


Guadalupe Campos

Jaben Early

Edward Gero

Shubhangi Kuchibhotla

Raksa "Rex" Lim

Nancy Robinette

KenYatta Rogers

Holly Twyford

Dawn Ursula

Rachel Zampelli